Ericsson on Wednesday unveiled a raft of new products and services for telecoms operators, joining up macro cell launches with small cells as a service and enterprise unified comms, amongst other things.
Ahead of this month's Mobile World Congress event, the vendor presented the latest addition to its RBS 6000 compact base station family. The RBS 6120 is a new outdoor cabinet that houses and powers mobile broadband sites, providing twice the radio capacity for the floor space of less than 0.5 square metres.
"[It] improves network densification for operators," said Thomas Noren, head of radio at Ericsson.
Operators need the complete toolbox, he added, unable to resist making reference to the Radio Dot System, the tiny indoor small cell Ericsson unveiled in September.
"We are introducing the Dot Finder [tool] to find the right spot to put the Dot," Noren said.
The 6120 and the Dot, "complement each other very much," Noren added. Both products will be commercially available in the second half of this year.
The Dot also complements the IMS-based Mobile Unified Communication solution Ericsson unveiled. The solution enables operators to offer unified comms as a service (UCaaS), proving enterprise applications across networks and devices. Features include voice and video conferencing and presence.
"The time is right now to mobilise the enterprise," Noren said. Ericsson will sell its Mobile Unified Communication solution to telco customers, enabling them to meet the growing demands of enterprise users.
But while mobile operators can connect up the Dot in an enterprise using their licensed spectrum, they do not always have the ability to install a small cell where they would like it. Some locations do not support a multi-operator environment at all, while others make multiple deployments difficult or costly.
With that in mind, Ericsson is launching a small cells as a service (SCaaS) offer. It is a managed service offering and is geared particularly to enabling operators to deal with high traffic volumes, especially in regard to growing video traffic, in defined areas such as transport systems or sports arenas.
Speaking of video, Ericsson also presented a slightly vague 'Future TV Anywhere' concept, designed to bring together pay